Harrison County Parks and Recreation extends its T-ball registration to May 5th and 6th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. to all children between the ages of 4-6 and reside in the county. The league, which is an instructional fun league, will teach children the basics of baseball from fielding to hitting.
“We love the recreation programs for the kids in the County,” remarked Jeff Wetzel, Recreation Specialist. “We teach the kids some of the basic fundamentals involved with the game. And without the parents, who donate their time coaching, it would not be as successful as it is.”
“You can probably look at any high school baseball roster in the area and you will find players who came through our system,” related Director Mike Book. “Recreation at an early age is something we push for, whether it comes from our spring or winter leagues, we want to keep the kids active and this is a way to do so.”
After registration is complete, scheduling of practices and games will coordinate with the amount of people participating in the league. If you have any questions concerning the T-ball league, contact the Recreation Complex and speak with either Wetzel or Jack Cann.
Encounters in Outer Space have made it through its halfway stage of the enrichment program with much success. While the numbers are not quite the same as dinosaurs, it has had a steady draw of customers for the free exhibit.
“We have not committed to the amount of advertising like we have done with the Walking with Dinosaurs exhibit, and I am sure that is a reason why the exhibit has not been overflowing with customers,” said Book. “However, we have had a steady amount of people visit, and we offer a ton of information about the mysteries of space as well as some cool activities for the kids to do like a balloon launch to the moon and rocketry.”
The exhibit for Family Nights is every Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. The exhibit will wrap up on the 14th of May. Be sure to visit the space enrichment on May 10th, as Robert and Libby Strong of the Smart Science Centre store in Wheeling will stop by to talk about Pluto.
Book expects that the debate on whether Pluto is a planet will open up discussion for those who attend as he explains.
“For years, text books have listed the planets in the solar system and Pluto was pegged as one. However, scientists have decided to reclassify Pluto as a dwarf planet and not one of the classical planets like Earth or Mars. In July of this year, a space probe will finally reach Pluto, and we hope we can attain enough information about the planet and make it once again, a classical planet.”
Strong’s presentation of “Poor, pathetic Pluto” will start at 2 p.m. and it is free to the public to attend. While the staff, as well as Strong, is adamant about giving the planet its former status, I am sure there will be plenty to debate. For more information please reference our Facebook page under Harrison Parks.
We hope everyone has an opportunity to come and see the exhibit. The information and exhibit pieces are for the whole family. In addition, we offer a picnic area and playground adjacent to the building so there are plenty of activities to make it a full family day. Have a great weekend!